In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
You see that his [Abraham’s] faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:17, 22, 26 (NIV)
James calls on his readers to be practical Christians. He commends to them a life where faith outworks itself in actions. What James is not advocating is actions, devoid of faith. But where faith exists, it should be clearly demonstrated in the world that as a Christian you care.
What you have to do is to seek what God specifically wants you to do to alleviate things we see in the world. Do you have a social conscience that is born out of your faith. The great reformers of the 18th and 19th centuries where motivated by their faith to change the things they saw in the world (e.g. injustice, poverty, poor health, poor education and prison reform). Look all around you. No matter where you live there are still things that deserve your attention as a Christian. If you can’t find worthy causes to support in your own locality, there is great need throught the world crying out for your attention and involvement. You may not be able to change the world, but you are able to change things for one person at a time. Look for simple acts of kindness for you to do each day. You’ll be surprised at people’s reactions and it might even give you an opportunity to say why you are doing it.
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